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Top Sites to See in Macau

Nothing makes me happier than to travel in a region that has a good mixture of history, art, culture, and entertainment. Macau, while known as the preeminent place to gamble in the People’s Republic of China (if not the world), has so much more to offer. The following are some of the tops sites to see in Macau.

 

Senado Square

Senado Square is one of the four largest squares in Macau. It covers an area of 3,700 square meters. It is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. The buildings and architecture surrounding the square have a long history and are well preserved.

In the early 1990s, city officials hired Portuguese experts to pave the square with a wave-patterned mosaic. Not only was it repaved with a wave-pattern, but the mosaic was paved with colored stones.

Senado Square isn’t just a historic area that crowds flock to for cultural reasons, the square is still active with shopping and traditional Chinese restaurants surrounding the square.

 

Macau Tower

If you’re less into history and more into modern, I’d recommend checking out Macacu Tower. Standing 338 meters above the city, Macau Tower is the 10th tallest freestanding building in the world.

Plan on spending some time at Macau Tower because there is a revolving tower restaurant near the top, and there are extraordinary views to be seen from the outdoor observation desk. It is said that on a clear day, you can see the Pearl River and the islands of Hong Kong.

If you’re really fearless, Macau Tower boasts that they have the world’s highest bungee jump.

 

A-Ma Temple

The oldest standing temple in Macau is the A-Ma Temple. It was erected under the Ming Dynasty, in 1488, to commemorate the sacred sea goddess of the fishermen. The temple also has much to do with the naming of the city, but I don’t want to spoil all the fun—you’ll want to check it out for yourself.

When visiting A-Ma Temple it isn’t just the structure you’ll want to see. The temple is full of ancient Chinese culture, full of poems and inscriptions carved into the walls. As one of the three Buddha halls in Macau, it also serves as a prime location to learn about Buddhism in traditional East-Asian history.

 

When in Rome, or in this case Macau

One cannot travel all the way to Macau and not partake in what the city is most known for: gambling. That is, of course, assuming you’ve practiced a bit—I recommend online casino Betsson.

Venetian Macau is the world’s largest casino. The Venetian Macau has three-thousand rooms (all suites with Italian, marble bathrooms), over three-hundred and fifty international shops, and authentic Venetian gondola—you know, to get from point A to point B in style.

Once you’ve tried your hand at blackjack or poker, you need to swing by the Canidrome on Avenida General Castelo Branco, to place your bets on greyhound racing. If you’ve never partaken in a dog race, it is guaranteed to get you on your feet, having a wonderful time.

Whatever your style, there is fun to be had by all. From rich Chinese culture, to bungee jumping from Macau Tower, you’re guaranteed to find fun around every corner.

Travel Wisdom

Be a Tourist – Without Looking Like One!

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you picture a tourist? Is it a bright Hawaiian shirt and a bulky camera around the neck? Funny as this image may be, you don’t want people to look at you and think: tourist…even if you are one. Thankfully, there are ways to blend in, even when you’re travelling. Here is how to do it:

 

Dress the Part

People dress differently in certain parts of the world. If you really want to avoid being labelled as a tourist, you’ll need to be observant. In London and Paris, for example, men and women tend to wear darker colours, like black and brown. In the Caribbean on the other hand, people wear brighter, more vibrant shades.  Look around you and take note of what other people are wearing. You can adjust your wardrobe accordingly.

Avoid Tourist Trademarks

Know that adorable sweatshirt you bought…the one with the British flag on it? Don’t wear it on your vacation. It’s better to wear that after you’ve returned home. Why? Nothing says tourist more than wearing souvenir merchandise! While you’re at it, you should also avoid wearing a backpack or fanny pack. Those are some other obvious tourist trademarks.

Be Aware of Weather Conditions

To look like a local, you’ll need to be properly dressed for the weather. If you’re headed somewhere with a lot of sunshine, wear sandals and shorts. If there is a lot of rain in the area, bring along an umbrella or rain jacket. It’s all about being aware of your location – and dressing appropriately for it. This will keep you comfortable and help you avoid looking like a tourist.

Learn the Currency

Want to let people know you’re a tourist? Just spend five minutes counting out change when you’re paying for food. To avoid these awkward moments, take a little time before your trip to learn the currency. A quick search online will help you understand the basics – which will speed things up when you’re buying something.

Know the Language and Customs

Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to understand the language and customs. You don’t need to be able to speak the language fluently, but a basic understanding will make things much easier. Plus, by understanding the basic expected behaviours for that culture, you’ll be less likely to stick out as a tourist.

Eat Local Food

We all have foods that we prefer to eat. If you’re in a different country, though, don’t just stick to what you know! Not only will this let others know that you are a tourist, but it will really limit your overall experience. The solution? Try eating local foods instead. You never know – you may end up loving the local cuisine.

Always Keep Maps Out Of Sight

Pulling out a city map is the biggest rookie mistake you can make. That’s right – if you want to avoid looking like a tourist, don’t openly look at your map. You’ll set yourself up to be seen as a tourist and you may even make yourself a target for criminals. Be careful and always keep your map out of sight. Have it on your phone or look at your map in a quiet place, instead.

If you’re tired of being labelled as a tourist, think ahead. Always be careful, observant, and aware of your actions. You’ll be acting like a local in no time!